Barcelona signs Griezmann

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Barcelona have made the conclusive move of signing France forward Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid after paying his 120m euro (£107m) buyout

The 28 year old has signed a five-year deal which includes an 800m euro (£717m) release clause.

Griezmann joined Atletico madrid from Real Sociedad in 2014 and scored 133 goals in 256 appearances.

He signed a new five-year deal in June 2018 but announced in May he would be leaving the club this summer.

This deal would make the 2018 World Cup winner becomes the world’s sixth most expensive signing behind Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho, Joao Felix and Ousmane Dembele.

Griezmann had to his credit won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Super Cup during his time at Atletico and was the team’s top scorer in each of the last five seasons

He refused an offer from Barcelona last year and revealed his thought process in a documentary called The Decision.

Atletico also reported Barcelona to Fifa over an alleged illegal approach in December 2017.

Griezmann is prized as the third high-profile player to leave Atletico this summer after defender Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich and long-serving captain Diego Godin left to join Inter Milan after his contract expired, while the club has also spent 126m euros to buy Felix from Benfica.

Atletico finished second in La Liga last season, nine points behind Griezmann’s new club.

With this, Griezmann becomes Barca’s fourth major signing of the summer, following the acquisition of midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, goalkeeper Neto from Valencia and defender Emerson from Brazilian side Atletico-MG.

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